I’ve been rug shopping for about a year now, trying to find a pretty persian for our loft living room. The striped rug suffered from a red juice incident and has never quite been the same. It is a lovely rug, but I’ve pretty much decided across the board that I prefer that graphic patterned rugs with any white in the pattern go in a bedroom or an office. Any time I choose a jute or a persian rug for a living room project, it just works better and looks better for longer. Function trumps form for me, but only by a little bit. :)
I am SO picky about rugs now. They are the hardest design decision for a room I think. Just like clothes, fit is everything, so often you should be buying a rug for a specific room’s needs. And since rugs should be so big, the color can really change the feel of a room. And because of lighting, you almost always have to try a rug out before buying, which is a nightmare. And rugs are so gosh darn expensive. And if they’re not expensive, you can tell. Tricky! (going rugless seems better and better by the day!)
I’ve decided to go with a jute rug in our brownstone’s extra long living room. I love the texture of natural fiber rugs and I think the jute will hold up well against the residual dirt I’m sure will get tracked in from the garden (although I do know there are cleaning challenges that come with natural fiber rugs).
I used Merida’s Bora Bora jute rug in Volcano for a client project recently and it is just natural fiber rug perfection. It’s as cushy and soft as wool. The color is a lovely driftwood gray, not yellow like most jutes (so over yellow rugs for a while!), and it comes with a braided edging option.
The IKEA Tarnby and West Elm jutes are great rugs, but they are not nearly as soft as the Merida and I don’t like that they are borderless. It feels a little unfinished and the edges have rolled up for me even with rug tape. The closest second place to the Merida rug I’ve seen is this Pottery Barn rug. But again, it’s not as soft and the color is very light and yellow.
We need a long, narrow rug for the brownstone, and the quote back from Merida was out of our budget (almost $4000 for the custom size. Ouch!). Then over Memorial Day I did a little shopping in the ABC clearance basement, and what did I spy over in the jute corner? A handful of driftwood gray braided jute rugs.